Bret Easterling

Lecturer

GAGA

Bret Easterling has been surrounded by dance ever since he was born in Palo Alto, CA.  After growing up in his mother’s dance studio, his career began at the age of seven, dancing in commercial work including a duet with Angela Lansbury in Mrs. Santa Claus, and in Fiona Apple’s music video for Paper Bag.  At the age of 11, he was a founding member of Teen Dance Company of the Bay Area, an original cast member of New York Stage Original’s Tap Kids, and an annual performer in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

After high school, Bret moved to New York City to study at The Juilliard School, where he received his BFA and the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Choreography in 2010.  While in school, he was a formative member of Andrea Miller’s Gallim Dance, and a guest performer with Buglisi Dance Theatre.

Upon graduation, Bret was invited by Ohad Naharin to join the Ensemble Batsheva in Tel Aviv, Israel.  He was ultimately promoted to the acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company, which gave him the opportunity to tour internationally, and participate in creative processes with Naharin, Sharon Eyal, and Roy Assaf.

In 2011, Bret began teaching Gaga, and has since had the privilege of sharing this movement language to dancers and people in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Japan, Singapore, Russia, Australia, Canada, and the US.

Bret has always had a strong passion for choreography, and has received numerous honors for his works.  He is also a certified Ilan Lev Method practitioner, a rehearsal director for Gallim Dance, and the Artistic Director of BEMOVING.